WITHOUT becoming too analytic, the basic requirement
for any good single are: a strong song, convincing performance,
repetitive hook line, simple melody, excellent production
and a hole in the centre.
This record falls into this category and
nudges out Hot Chocolate as best new single of the week,
and in doing so should finally put paid to any preconception
that Christie are just a transient pop band.
By any standards, this is a good disc.
Against a super-neato mid-paced instrumental backdrop,
Jeff Christie delivers the storyline with just the right
amount of subtle impact.
Performance-wise, there's no letdown. This
is the kind of single that bands like The Eagles and
The Doobie Brothers strike gold with on America's west
coast. Producer John Miller is a new name to me, but
it seems like he could well be a future hit-maker.
If it's gonna be a hit, I think it'll be
a sleeper; if it flops then someone's missed out somewhere.
Let's hope it makes the playlists.
Funny how bands
come and go. You could almost be forgiven for
thinking Christie had gone forever. At the time
of Yellow River,
they were a trio, but with a change in line-up,
they now comprise four members and are busy
promoting their new single The
Dealer, just out on CBS.